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Executive Summary

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Section 1: Culture

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“Both the Founders and the most insightful analysts of the kind of government the Founders created have understood well that the preservation of the regime of individual rights requires a healthy moral culture. Religion, the family, and the spirit of private, voluntary association are essential to fostering the virtues of character that alone can sustain a free government dedicated to the protection of the rights of individuals.”
–Carson Holloway, “The Culture of Freedom



“The challenge will be to reform the welfare system further to get work incentives right…. Welfare reform will require recognizing the economic realities faced by those who are in need and reforming welfare to ensure that it promotes self-suffi ciency rather than undermining it by discouraging work.”
–Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call, “Declining Labor Force Participation and the Expanding Social Safety Net



“School choice can play an important role in helping families achieve economic mobility. Whether through vouchers, tuition tax credits, education savings accounts, charters, homeschooling, magnets, online options, or interdistrict or intradistrict open-enrollment programs, choice-based reforms reposition parents at the heart of their children’s education and opportunity.”
–Anna J. Egalite and Patrick J. Wolf, “Achieving Economic Mobility Through School Choice


Summary Observations



2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity

The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America

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A think tank devoted to the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity

The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America

Heritage Foundation

Written by

A think tank devoted to the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity

The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America

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